The Best Brunch Spots in Costa Mesa

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Costa Mesa boasts one of the best brunch scenes in all of Orange County. There’s everything from cozy intimate cafés to bustling social eateries. Take your pick of savory or sweet and pair it with a nice bottle of bubbly for an unforgettable Costa Mesa brunch experience. Continue reading for our list of the most popular brunch destinations in town.


Top 5 Brunch Spots In Costa Mesa


1.  The Gypsy Den

Gypsy Den is considered Orange County’s original “alt” cafe with casual and healthy dishes to meet all types of diets. Established in 1994, you’ll enjoy the friendly bohemian atmosphere and a mix of vegetarian food. To make it even better, Gypsy Den features local and indie music acts making it part restaurant/cafe and part live venue. We suggest checking out the eggs ole, morning mix, pancake breakfast, brioche french toast. Don’t miss out on the bottomless mimosa brunch every Saturday & Sunday. 


Address: 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


2. Eat Chow 

Eat Chow built its name off of creating their very own genre of food referred to “New American” cuisine. This small cafe with over 2,000 reviews on Yelp is a must-visit for anyone passing through Costa Mesa. The menu is always changing, which means you can experience a different dish almost every time you visit. Some of the brunch favorites include the lemon mascarpone french toast, chow benedict, smoky grilled shrimp tacos, and fried green tomatoes. If nothing else, make an appearance for the lively and charming ambiance. 


Address: 1802 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627


3. Memphis Soul Café & Bar

Memphis Café is a gem in Costa Mesa within the heart of the trendy SOBECA district. Immediately after opening in 1995, The Memphis Café garnered a “5-star” review from well-know LA Times food critic, Irene Virbilla. This southern-style restaurant serves up home-style comfort food that everyone will love. You’ll love the green chili chilaquiles, shrimp frittata, buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, barbeques shrimp & grits, and the breakfast burrito. 


Address: 2920 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

4. Plums Café

Plums Café is a well-known brunch spot in Costa Mesa with cuisine inspired by the Pacific-Northwest and specifically Oregon fare. The exposed brick walls and trendy decor make for an amazing dining experience. Enjoy the dutch baby pancakes and Alderwood smoked-salmon hash while you sip on breakfast cocktails featuring unique tastes like cucumber-mint and blood orange. 


Address: 369 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627


5. Old Vine Café

Located in the trendy CAMP retail and entertainment center, Old Vine Café is a unique brunch destination in the heart of Costa Mesa. The award-winning restaurant owned and operated by Chef McDonald and Sommelier Kate Perry offers up an intimate atmosphere with food to match. Some of the most popular brunch items include the baked caramel apple french toast, BBQ omelet, southern brunch, rabbit mole, chile verde quiche, and more. 


Address: 2937 Bristol St a103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626   


Staying in Orange County this February and looking the perfect brunch spot? The Hotel ATRIUM is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and close to every major destination in OC and a stone’s throw from Costa Mesa. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County during your stay, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!


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